Shan Morgan

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Shan Morgan in May 2011 (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

Shan Elizabeth Morgan CMG (born 12 March 1955) is a British civil servant who is Permanent Secretary to the Welsh Government

Early life[edit]

She was born in London. She is the daughter of Air Commodore Alun Morgan CBE and Yvonne Davies.

She attended South Park Girls' High School (a girls' grammar school) in Lincoln, Wycombe High School (a girls' grammar school), and then the Royal Latin School, a coeducational grammar school in Buckingham.

She studied French Literature and Language at the University of Kent, gaining a BA in 1977.


She joined the Manpower Services Commission in 1977. In 1984 she worked at the European Commission in Brussels. In 1987 she returned to the UK, and became the Private Secretary to the Permanent Secretary at the Department of Employment. In 1991 she became a policy analyst in the National Training Task Force. In 1992 she became the Head of the Employment and Training Strategy Unit at the Government Office for London. In 1994 at the Department for Education and Employment, she was the UK's delegate to the International Labour Organization's governing body.


In 1997 she became an attaché at the British Embassy in Paris. In 2001 she returned to Brussels, becoming Director for the European Union at the FCO in 2006.


It was announced that she would become the Ambassador to Argentina on 5 September 2008, and she took up the post in October 2008. On 22 July 2009 she kissed hands with the Queen at Buckingham Palace, to officially become the Ambassador to the Argentine Republic and to the Republic of Paraguay (a combined post, based in Buenos Aires).

Her time in office coincided with sabre-rattling by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, who described the British as "an occupying colonial force in the Falkland Islands" (Las Malvinas) in October 2010, when she complained to the UN about "militarisation of the South Atlantic". Britain has over 1,000 troops on the Falkland Islands, and four Eurofighter Typhoons (No. 1435 Flight RAF) at RAF Mount Pleasant.

Morgan was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2012 New Year Honours.[1]

She left Argentina in May 2012.[2]

Permanent Secretary[edit]

On the 9th November 2016 it was announced that Ms. Morgan had been appointed as the new Permanent Secretary for the Welsh Government.[3] She assumed her post in February 2017.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60009. p. 3. 31 December 2011.
  2. ^ Farewell message from Ambassador Shan Morgan – UK in Argentina
  3. ^ [1] Diplomat to be new Welsh Government permanent secretary

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
John Hughes
British Ambassador to Argentina
Succeeded by
John Freeman